As part-time or short-term jobs become more common, Taiwan is considering legislation to regulate non-conventional employment. In Taiwan, as elsewhere across the globe, freelance and contingent work is on the rise as businesses shift their employment models away from the 9-to-5 jobs that have traditionally dominated labor markets. As of May 2016, according to survey…

BY PAUL J. CASSINGHAM AND JEFFREY LIEN Like many jurisdictions, Taiwan has long imposed restrictions on the enforceability of employee post-termination noncompetition agreements.  For many years, Taiwan courts have enforced such agreements only if the employer had a business interest worthy of protection, and only if the scope and duration of the noncompetition obligation were…

One of the new government's biggest headaches has been labor-group dissatisfaction over proposed work-week and holiday policies. Photo: CNA

Senior government officials have cited Taiwan’s recent labor unrest as their biggest short-term economic problem, saying that continuing controversy could undermine investor confidence. Recent ruckuses in the Legislative Yuan suggest that an immediate solution is not in sight. In late October, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers sided with labor groups, waving placards and occupying the Speaker’s podium…

Typhoon destruction - Gigantic waves caused by Typhoon Meranti destroyed the famous lighthouse at Fugang Port in Taitung County.

  Taiwan hit by three back-to-back typhoons  Within a two-week period, Taiwan was pummeled by three typhoons. On September 14-15, super-typhoon Meranti, the biggest tropical cyclone of the year with gusts reportedly exceeding 370kph, skirted southern Taiwan. It caused widespread destruction, with at least two people killed and over a million without power. Meranti reached…

Taiwan’s long-term prosperity will require a shift to a new economic paradigm centered on the ability of knowledge-based industries to generate constant innovation. Yet many of the government policies and regulations in place are still geared toward the traditional factory production-line models of the past. That approach is already incompatible with current needs, let alone…